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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-22-2008, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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Dry food -what to buy now?

Sadly, my supplier of Felidae dry food is no more - sniff - so am looking for an alternative

Here are my options

Timberwolf Serengeti Cat Food
Ingredients:
ground chicken, fresh chicken, chicken fat (naturally preserved with mixed Tocoperhol), ground salmon, potatoes, tuna fish oil (naturally preserved with mixed Tocoperhol), dehydrated egg, chicken liver, powdered milk, dried whey, kelp, alfalfa, casein, DL-Menthionine, calcium chloride, lezithin, taurine, lysine, catnitin, probioticum, blueberries, cranberries, mixed Tocoperhol (vitamin E), zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, chelated manganese amino acid, riboflaving (vitamin B2) iodine proteinate, vitamin D3, biotin, folic acid, pyridoxine (vitamin B6), cobalt proteinate, papain (enzyme), yucca schidigera extract

Solid Gold Katz-n-Flocken
Ingredients:
fresh lamb, ground chicken, millet, brown rice, ground fish, barley, canola oil - naturally preserved by mixed tocopherol, natural flavouring, salmon oil - provides DHA, flax oil, calcium chloride, choline chloride, taurine, chicory powder, amaranth, parsley flakes, mint, almond oil - naturally preserved by mixed tocopherol, yucca schidigera extract, kelp, thyme, blueberries, cranberries, apple, lentils, quinoa, zinc proteinate, vitamine E, niacin (vitamin B3), manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, thiamine mono-nitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A, biotin, calcium iodide, calcium panthothenate (vitamin B6), vitamin B12, manganese oxide, sodium selenite, vitamin D, folic acid

Defu Adult Organic Cat Food - Poultry
Ingredients:
powdered poultry meal (37%)*, corn*, oatmeal*, rice meal*, poultry fat*, hydrolysed poultry liver*, sea salt, carrots*, leeks*, garlic*, thyme*, rosemary*, parsley*
* = ingredients from ecologically friendly, sustainable farming

ORIJEN Cat Food
Composition Featuring Fresh Canadian Ingredients:
De-boned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, russet potato, lake whitefish, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherals, a natural source of vitamin E), sweet potato, whole eggs, de-boned turkey, salmon meal, salmon and anchovy oils, salmon, natural chicken flavor, sunflower oil, sun-cured alfalfa, dried brown kelp, carrots, spinach, peas, tomatoes, apples, psyllium, dulse, chicory root, licorice root, tumeric root, fenugreek, glucosamine HCl, cranberries, black currants, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, zea mays, peppermint leaf, chamomile flowers, dandelion, summer savory, rosemary extract, chondroitin sulfate, rosehips, vitamin supplements (vitamin E, choline chloride, vitamin A, vitamin D3, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin B12, folic acid, biotin), sea salt, minerals (iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate), direct fed microbials (dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product).

and

Eagle Pack Holistic Select Chicken & Rice
Ingredients:
Chicken Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Vitamins), Oats Meal, Anchovy & Sardine Meal, Linseed, Dried Egg Product, Tomato Pomace, Natural Chicken Aroma, Menhaden Fish Oil, Carrots, Air Dried Alfalfa, Peas, Dried Beet Pulp, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Quinoa (organic), Taurine, Inulin, Apples, Blueberries, Lingonberries, Beta-Carotid, Dried Kelp, DL-Methionine, Polysaccharide Complexes of Zinc, Iron, Manganese, Copper, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamin A Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Ascorbic Acid, Biotin, Lecithin, Rosemary Extract, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B2 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Potassium Iodate, Phylloquinone, Cobalt Sulphate.
Preserved with vitamin-antioxidants: strong natural tocopherol extracts, ascorbic acids.

What do you reckon?

Toby gets dry about once or twice a week.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-22-2008, 12:23 PM
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Re: Dry food -what to buy now?

I would toss the Defu out of the mix due to the corn.

The other 4 are all good foods, given the small amount he gets, I would go with the grain-free. So that narrows it to the Timberwolf or Orijen. Both are good, I'd probably go with the less expensive.


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Re: Dry food -what to buy now?

Thanks for the feedback Lisa

Wasnt there a thread or two regarding 'issues' with grain free stuff? I dont remember what the problem was though ...
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If I remember right, the issues with grain-free are that they are even lower in moisture than the grain-in foods.. so it could/does/did lead to liver issues in some cats. I believe Dr.Jean had a poll up at one point, as well.

I think if the dry food is just a SMALL part of the diet, and Toby mostly eats wet, it shouldn't be an issue.

(Interesting point, though, when I started to read about liver issues on grain-free dry is when I made up my mind to just go raw!)

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Re: Dry food -what to buy now?

According to Dr. Jean....Protein is a diuretic, so a dry food that is extremely high in protein will cause a cat to be even more dehydrated than on a standard protein dry, which may lead to UTIs due to high urine concentration and eventually may affect the kidneys.

Since Toby is only getting a small treat of dry a couple times a week, I wouldn't be overly concerned about using a grain free. On the other hand, as we know, cats don't process carbs well due to low level of amaylase, so the carbs turn to fat. I see that as a bigger problem for Toby since he tends to be on the chubby side.


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Re: Dry food -what to buy now?

In food #1 I spot DL-Menthionine, isn't this one of the bad no-no ingredients carcinogenic or something.....
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That's menadione that is questionable.


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Re: Dry food -what to buy now?

Thanks for the feedback.

Think I'll go for the ORIJEN and watch that ginger furry waistline for a while ....
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